The robin, not the turkey, is the real Christmas bird; you'll find him on cards, cakes and Christmas trees. But is Robin Redbreast having us on? Is he really the friendly and gentle little fellow he seems? Does he deserve his special Christmas place? Dr. Richard Collins, scientific adviser to Mooney Goes Wild, investigates! To read more about this special documentary, and to listen to the programme, click here.
On Mooney today, with Shay Byrne
Dr. Eva Orsmond brings her acerbic wit and commentary to Mooney, as she appeals to Irish GPs to take the lead in combating obesity. We learn about the leggings that help you slim whilst you sleep. And would you like to ride a horse like the best old-fashioned screen cowboys such as John Wayne, Gary Cooper, or Clint Eastwood? Reporter Katriona McFadden finds out how, and where!
Join Mooney in our Eurovision Green Room at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Saturday, May 10th 2014. The party takes place in the Circle Club.
If you want to be there, all you have to do is tell us in not more than forty words why you and a friend or friends LOVE the Eurovision. All entrants/attendees must be over 18. If you are lucky enough to receive a golden invitation to our EUROVISION GREEN ROOM you will get to see all the action as it happens live from Copenhagen.
Tickets will be allocated to couples and groups of four people.
All attendees must make their own way to and from the venue.
There is no cash alternative to this prize.
Closing date for receipt of entries is April 25th 2014
Whilst onboard they'll enjoy dazzling West End style shows, relax in the spa, or take shore leave in the Bahamas. To be in with a chance to win, all you have to do is enter! Get your copy of the Sunday World this Sunday, Sunday 9th, to find out to enter D'Mammy competition!
We've €1,000 to give away today to save or spend as you please, take a break from your bills, or a make a break to the sun, it's up to you!
For your chance to win the cash, answer the following competition question:
Wednesday, March 5th 2014
Which Eastwood starred in the movies Dirty Harry, Where Eagles Dare & Million Dollar Baby?
If you think you know the answer, call or text the competition line:
ROI: 1515 71 72 00
NI: 0901 293 3501
text MOONEY followed by your answer and name to 57111 (NI and ROI)
Each text entry costs €1 (incl VAT) or GBP £1.00. Calls from the eircom network will cost €1.02 (incl VAT) and from a BT landline will cost GBP £1.02. Calls from other networks and from mobiles will cost more.
Please note, the person named in the entry must be aged 18 years or older as at date of entry.
Competition lines open from 2pm and will close at 4.20pm today, (05/03/14). Please do not enter outside of the advertised competition window as you will be charged for your entry, but your entry will not be included. From time to time, these open/close times may vary. Any change to the standard open/close times will be announced here and on the show. The cash prize winner will be announced on-air towards the end of the Mooney show each day.
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Please do not enter outside the advertised competition open and close times and date(s) as you will be charged, but your entry will not be included in the draw. Please do not enter during programme replays on the RTÉ Radio Player after the advertised close time and date as you will be charged for your entry, but your entry will not be included as the competition will have closed.
Entrants must be aged 18 years or older as at date of entry and a resident of the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland in order to qualify as the prize winner.
Promoter reserves the right to request proof of age, verifiable by birth cert or passport only, and proof of residency, verifiable by recent utility bill only (issued within 6 months of win).
1 x Mooney's Money prize winners will win a €1,000 cash prize. (All cash prizes issued to the winner by euro cheque, made payable to the winner, allow 28 working days for delivery).
By entering the competition, the participants agree to be bound by the terms and conditions; that their surname and county of residence may be announced on-air if they win a prize; and agree to have their details/image/winner sequence used for promotional purposes if required.
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RTÉ's decision in relation to selection of winner is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
Not to make you feel old, but did you know Super Trouper, by ABBA, is 34 years old this year! It was a massive hit single in 1980, reaching number one in Ireland, the UK, Germany, and Belgium. But bizarrely, it peaked only at number 11 in Sweden, where the band hail from!
Well, we have our very own set of musical Super Troupers in this organisation! They are called RTÉ Concert Orchestra. And tonight, they will prove once again that they can turn their collective hands to just about anything!
In the National Concert Hall this evening, starting at 8pm, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will stage an ABBA tribute concert with a difference. And the concert is called 'Super Troupers'!
Conductor Andy O'Callaghan will be joined by the Celebration Singers, performing hits like Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Thank You For The Music and Fernando. It's a repeat of a massively successful concert which they staged last year. And tonight, once again, the Concert Hall will be decked out with mirror balls and disco lights, to recreate that glorious ABBA era.
If you want a sneak peek of what you might enjoy if you come along, check out this video:
THIS COMPETITION HAS NOW CLOSED!
Thanks to everybody who entered - our winner is John Healy. Enjoy the show John!
And here's the good news!
We have a pair of tickets to give away to this terrific show AND an overnight stay for two people, including bed-and-breakfast, the Harcourt Hotel, which is only around the corner from the National Concert Hall.
It starts at 8pm. It's last-minute, so if you're going to enter, make sure you can actually avail of this prize.
To be in with a chance of winning, just answer this question:
What title links all of the following?
A 1975 chart-topping hit by the group ABBA.
A 1999 West End musical based on the songs of ABBA.
A 2008 film, starring Meryl Streep, and based on the West End musical.
The first person to text their full name - that's your first name AND your surname - PLUS the answer to the question, wins the prize.
Text 51551, as soon as you know the answer to the question, and remember we need your FULL NAME and ANSWER. And you must be able to make it to the concert tonight, and avail of the hotel stay! Good luck!
It's Ash Wednesday today, the start of Lent, a period in which many people choose to 'give up' something they enjoy until Easter, whether it be chocolate, wine, or fast food. And giving up something that, when consumed in excess, can cause weight gain, must make Dr. Eva Orsmond happier.
Dr. Eva Orsmond thinks that we are collectively in denial about the issue of the weight within our population as a whole, but among children in particular. She gets angry about it. In fact you could say Dr. Eva Orsmond is famous for being angry about it.
Like in this moment of Irish television history that provoked a lot of consternation across the nation...
That was Dr. Eva speaking to team leader Charlotte O'Connell on Operation Transformation last year.
Dr. Eva has now moved on from Operation Transformation; her book Dr Eva Orsmond's 10lb Diet has been in the top ten non fiction books for a very long time now! In the book, she gives guidelines for overweight people to lost 10lb in either three weeks or twelve weeks.
Dr. Eva joins Shay in studio today to explain why obesity makes her so angry, and how - and why - it can be combatted...
Dr. Eva Orsmond’s 10lb Diet: A Fast Plan, A Slow Plan, A New You is published by Gill & MacMillan (2013). The RRP is €19.99, and the ISBN is 978-0-71716-0099.
Reenagh McCall is an Irish designer whose lingerie range has been seen on the catwalks of Paris and New York. In fact, she has won many awards for her work, including the Paris Ultra, Haute Couture Award for 'Most Creative Design'.
Part of her Embrace range of lingerie is called Slimming Embrace. And Reenagh claims that if you wear a pair of her leggings for 28 days, for up to eight hours a day, it will reduce cellulite!
We've invited Reenagh into studio today to explain the technology behind the lingerie - and we want YOU to put it to the test!
So we have medium, large and extra-large Embrace Slimming High Waist Leggings available - if you would like to try them out, you can e-mail us at email@example.com. We will then choose 3 people to test the leggings...
Stockists of the Embrace slimming lingerie include BTs - Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Standun Galway & online at www.embracelingerie.com.
A few weeks ago, we broadcast live from Derry, and two of the people he met there were Amanda McDonagh and her husband Dermot McGeady who run TotalWesternWear.com, selling 'cowboy' fashion and accessories.
Dermot happened to mention in passing that he keeps American Quarterhorses and enjoys 'Western Riding' – which is different from the style of horse-riding we’re familiar with which can be called 'English' or 'European'.
Well all of this prompted an e-mail from Derek O'Byrne-White. He is the International Director of the Irish QuarterHorse Association and he wrote:
"Western Riding is an equine discipline stemming from the activities the cowboy did everyday on the ranch. Today it has over six million participants in North America, and twenty European countries run shows - including Ireland!
In fact, such is the growing popularity of Western Riding in Ireland, we plan to send a team of young riders to the Youth World Cup in Texas this summer – for the first time ever! Would you like to come and see us?”.
Well the answer was 'YES' ... so we found a pair of chaps for Katriona McFadden, threw her up on the saddle and sent her off to Drumcoura City Lake Resort in Ballinamore in County Leitrim to learn more about 'Western Riding'...
The Irish QuarterHorse Association have all sorts of events coming up this year – including a Garth Brooks impersonator concert in September in Leitrim!
The Irish Quarter Horse Association have a full schedule of events coming up, including a clinic with acclaimed rider Craig Johnson - for more information, visit www.iqha.ie.
Hedgerows: It is an offence to 'cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy hedgerows on uncultivated land during the nesting season from 1 March to 31 August, subject to certain exceptions'. For more information, click here.
UPDATE: February 29th 2016 - Press Release From BirdWatch Ireland:
Putting the record straight: Dates for burning and hedge-cutting have NOT changed
BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland’s largest conservation charity, is very concerned about misinformation that is currently circulating regarding the dates within which the burning of vegetation and cutting of hedges is permitted. It would like to remind landowners that all burning and cutting must cease on 29th February this year and that burning and cutting remains prohibited from 1st March to 31st August.
Despite attempts by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys T.D., to change the laws regulating these dates by introducing the Heritage Bill 2016 earlier this year, it is important to note that the proposed date changes were ultimately NOT made. This is because the bill failed to pass through both houses of the Oireachtas before the recent dissolution of the Dáil in advance of the general election.
The laws in place governing the dates for hedge-cutting and upland burning therefore remain unchanged. The period within which cutting and burning is prohibited are set down in Section 40 of the Wildlife Act 1976 (as amended in 2000), which states that:
(a) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy, during the period beginning on the 1st day of March and ending on the 31st day of August in any year, any vegetation growing on any land not then cultivated.
(b) It shall be an offence for a person to cut, grub, burn or otherwise destroy any vegetation growing in any hedge or ditch during the period mentioned in paragraph (a) of this subsection (above).
The existing law provides exemptions for road safety and other circumstances and should be read carefully to ensure compliance.
Section 40 of the Wildlife Act exists to protect nesting birds. Many of our upland bird species are in decline and are in danger of extinction in Ireland; amongst them is the Curlew, which has declined by 80%. Many birds which nest in hedgerows into August are also in serious decline, including the endangered Yellowhammer. The changes to the cutting and burning dates which had been proposed in the now-defunct Heritage Bill 2016 would have caused serious impacts to these birds. A petition launched by BirdWatch Ireland in conjunction with several other national conservation organisations to stop these changes attracted more than 16,200 signatures and rising.
BirdWatch Ireland would also like to advise members of the public that if they see hedges being cut or fires in the uplands on or after 1st March, such activity could be illegal. In such cases, we would encourage people to contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service (www.npws.ie) to report such activity.
BirdWatch Ireland warmly welcomes the demise of the Heritage Bill 2016 and sincerely hopes that any future administration will consider the importance of Ireland’s natural heritage and will not attempt to reintroduce such a flawed and damaging piece of legislation.
To contact your local wildlife ranger, click here for contact details. To read the Wildlife (Amendment) Act 2000, click here.
Please DO NOT send any live, dead or skeletal remains of any creature whatsoever to Mooney Goes Wild.
If you find an injured animal or bird, please contact the National Parks & Wildlife Service on 1890 20 20 21, or BirdWatch Ireland, on 01 281-9878, or visit www.irishwildlifematters.ie